Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Programme (HEPPP)

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The Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Programme (HEPPP) aims to ensure that Australians from low SES backgrounds who have the ability to study at university have the opportunity to do so. It provides funding to assist universities listed in Table A of the Higher Education Support Act 2003 to undertake activities and implement strategies that improve access to undergraduate courses for people from low SES backgrounds, as well as improving the retention and completion rates of those students.

In the 2016-17 Budget the Government announced that it would redirect $152 million in HEPPP funding to contribute to Budget repair and other priorities. Universities’ allocations for 2016 will not be affected. Total HEPPP funding for future years will be as follows:

2017

2018

2019

$140.3 million

$141.5 million

$143.0 million


The 2016-17 Budget also announced that the HEPPP will be evaluated in 2016.

The legislative authority for HEPPP is provided by the Higher Education Support Act 2003 and the HEPPP guidelines are contained in the Other Grants Guidelines (Education) 2012 .

HEPPP has three components:

  • Participation
  • Partnerships
  • National Priorities Pool

Participation Component

The Participation component of HEPPP provides funding to universities to increase the participation of domestic students from low SES backgrounds in accredited undergraduate qualifications, and support the retention and success of those students. Funding is allocated to universities by formula based on the number of students from low SES backgrounds enrolled at each university.

Participation funding allocated to each university is shown in the following spreadsheet:

Partnerships Component

The Partnerships component of HEPPP provides funding to universities to raise the aspirations and build the capacity of people from low SES backgrounds to participate in higher education, by developing activities in partnership with primary and secondary schools, VET providers, other universities, State and Territory governments, community groups and other stakeholders.

Since 2013 funding has been allocated to universities by formula based on the number of students from low SES backgrounds enrolled at each university. Previously most Partnerships funding was allocated through competitive grants rounds. Projects funded through this component can be found on the following pages:

National Priorities Pool

The National Priorities Pool component provides funding for projects that support the more effective implementation of HEPPP nationally and at the institutional level.

2016

2016 National Priorities Pool

The Department of Education and Training is seeking expressions of interest (EOIs) for grants under the 2016 National Priorities Pool component of the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Programme (HEPPP).

For 2016, $3.5 million is available for university proposed projects.

Projects funded under the 2016 National Priorities Pool funding round must target low socio-economic status (SES) students from regional and remote Australia.

The purpose of the National Priorities Pool is to improve the policy basis and on-ground delivery of the HEPPP. Funding is allocated on an annual basis, and is directed towards specified priorities identified in each year. The current priorities are outlined in the 2016 National Priorities Pool Investment Plan. Projects must be completed by December 2017.

EOIs are restricted to Table A Universities. The EOI forms are available from your university Equity Office. The closing date for EOIs is 6:00 pm AEST TUESDAY 31 May 2016

2015

2014

HEPPP Access and Participation Plans

Universities provide a three year Access and Participation Plan that outlines the institution’s suite of strategies for increasing access, participation and success by people from the following groups:

  • people from low socioeconomic backgrounds
  • people with disability
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • people from rural and remote areas
  • people from a non-English speaking background and
  • women in non-traditional areas of study

2015-2017 Access and Participation Plans

Further information

For further information, please contact the department at equity@education.gov.au